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Black History Month: Calendar of Events

Bessie Coleman, the first licensed black female aviator,

Bessie Coleman, the first licensed black female aviator, will be celebrated in a number of Black History Month programs, including one in Patchogue on Feb. 13, 2013. Credit: Handout-Nassau County Museum Collection

Ongoing

Brentwood

ART DISPLAY. Artist Edward Bates exhibits his African-American inspired oil paintings during regular library hours until Feb. 28, Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.

Brightwaters

ART DISPLAY. Collection of books, periodicals, printed material and carved statues that relate to African-American art, during regular library hours until

Feb. 28, Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library, 1 South Country Rd.; free; bayshore.suffolk.lib.ny.us, 631-665-4350.

Central Islip

ART EXHIBIT: LIFE IN THE ABSTRACT. Writer, author and artist Tina Andrews exhibits her paintings during regular library hours until Feb. 28, Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Ave.; free; artist reception 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15; centralisliplibrary.org, 631-234-9333.

Elmont

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITION. Award-winning quilter Diane Larrier Collier displays her signature piece, a portrait of President Barack Obama titled "Our Patchwork Heritage Is a Strength," during regular library hours until Feb. 28, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280.

Glen Cove

AND FREEDOM FOR ALL: THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM. Follow along the historic journey of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom through the images of photojournalist Stanley Tretick, view photos of the organizers and speakers including A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Feb. 28, Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, 100 Crescent Beach Rd. in Welwyn Preserve County Park; $10, $5 seniors and $4 students; holocaust-nassau.org, 516-571-8040, ext. 105.

Great River

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT BAYARD. Monthlong celebration featuring displays of paintings from some of America's great black artists and posters saluting black abolitionists, pioneers, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays Feb. 5-28, at the Manor House, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Hwy. (Rte. 27A); free; nysparks.com, 631-581-1002.

Hempstead

EXHIBIT: 400 YEARS WITHOUT A COMB. Artifacts featuring a collection of ancient hairstyling tools, devices and instruments on display; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays until March 31, African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.; $3; theaamuseum.org, 516-572-0730.

ART EXHIBITS. "The Door of No Return" by Frank Frazier, Janice Thacker and Buchi Upjohn featuring a presentation of African-American experiences; "The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful" by Afro-Brazilian artist Ernani Silva featuring expressions of culture and tradition, viewing available during regular museum hours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays until March 15, African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.; $3; theaamuseum.org, 516-572-0730.

Kings Park

BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT

NISSEQUOGUE. Monthlong celebration featuring displays of paintings from some of America's great black artists and posters saluting black abolitionists, pioneers, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays until Feb. 28, at the main office, Nissequogue River State Park, 799 St. Johnland Rd.; free; nysparks.com, 631-269-4927.

Oyster Bay

ART ON DISPLAY. Paintings from some of America's great black artists; also posters saluting black abolitionists, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday until Feb. 28, in the visitors center, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd.; free; plantingfields.org, 516-922-8600.

Riverhead

HIDDEN AND FORBIDDEN: ART AND OBJECTS OF INTOLERANCE EVOLVING DEPICTIONS OF BLACKS IN AMERICA. Exhibit featuring explicit images of racism in America, recommended for adults, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through June 1, Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St.; $5, $3 seniors; opening reception 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1, suffolk countyhistoricalsociety.org, 631-727-2881.

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Freeport

SOUL WITH HEART BOOK CLUB. "Money Can't Buy Love" by Connie Briscoe is discussed, 7 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., free, freeportlibrary.info, 516-379-3274.

Hempstead

AFRICANS AT WORK: LIFE AND LABOR IN AFRICA AND AMERICA. Film series celebrates Black History Month by showcasing documentaries on the changing lives and labor of working people and working-class movements in America and Africa, 11:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike; free; hofstra.edu/laborstudies, 516-463-5040.

Huntington

FILM. "Gun Hill Road" (2011), R, 1:28, drama starring Judy Reyes and Esai Morales, story of a young man who is exploring his sexuality and the intolerance and judgment of the world; filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green is on hand, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave.; $15; cinemaartscentre.org, 631-423-7610.

Patchogue

I BELIEVE I CAN FLY: THE BESSIE COLEMAN STORY. Celebrate Black History Month with storyteller Terri Kirkland Banks as she portrays the story of the first licensed black female aviator, 7 p.m., Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 E. Main St.; free; pmlib.org, 631-654-4700.

Thursday, Feb. 14

Brentwood

FILM. "Ruby Bridges" (1998), 1:38, the true story of a 6-year-old African-American girl who helped integrate the all- white schools of 1960 New Orleans, 7- 8:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free; brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.

Friday, Feb. 15

Commack

FILM. "Alex Cross" (2012), PG-13, 1:41, mystery starring Tyler Perry, 1 p.m., Smithtown Library Commack Branch, 3 Indian Head Rd.; free; smithlib.org, 631-543-0998.

Freeport

ENJOY AFRICA. Children in grades K-4 hear stories, dance, learn about the customs and traditions of the different African cultures, arts and crafts, 6 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd.; free; register, freeportlibrary.info, 516-379-3274.

Riverhead

DIVERSITY LECTURE. The Rev. Johannes J. Christian discusses his book "The Face of Forgiveness" and talks about the accident that almost took his life and his path to forgiveness, 5-8 p.m., Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St.; $5, $3 seniors; suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org, 631-727-2881.

Saturday, Feb. 16

Hempstead

WORKSHOP: BEING IN THE BLACK, IS BEAUTIFUL. Financial literacy workshop with Lutricia Pat Edwards, vice president of community development at Citibank, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.; $3; theaamuseum.org, 516-572-0730.

Port Jefferson

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION. Afternoon program, 1-4 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St.; free; portjefflibrary.org, 631-473-0022.

Rockville Centre

MASS OF THANKSGIVING. Mass and service in honor of Black History Month, 2 p.m., St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place; free; stagnescathedral.org, 516-678-5800, ext. 239.

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE. Question-and-answer session with members of the Central Park Five, five African-American and Latino men who as teens in 1989 were arrested and later convicted of the brutal rape of Trisha Meili, who became know as the Central Park Jogger. All spent time in prison before their convictions were later vacated, noon, Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd.; free; nassaulibrary.org/lakeview, 516-536-3071.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Brentwood

AN UNFORGETTABLE TRIBUTE TO NAT KING COLE. Singer Tyrone Robinson pays homage to Nat King Cole, who broke racial barriers and was a trailblazer in the entertainment world, 2-3:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free; brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.

Hempstead

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONCERT. "Black Spirit and the Struggle for Freedom," semi-historical narrative highlighting important milestones in black history and culture, with Hofstra Chamber Singers, Hofstra Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra, student actors and dancers, invited choral ensembles, and soloists Diana Solomon-Glover, Robert Mack and Sidney Outlaw, 3 p.m., in John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike; $15, $12 seniors and students; hofstra.edu, 516-463-6644.

Port Jefferson

BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM SERIES. "Shaft" (1971), rated R, 1:40, action thriller starring Richard Roundtree; often credited as the "father of the blaxploitation film genre," 2 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St.; free; portjefflibrary.org, 631-473-0022.

Uniondale

ARTIST RECEPTION. Meet and greet with artist Diane Robinson, view her work "Slaves in the American Civil War," 2 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free; uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220, ext. 204.

Monday, Feb. 18

Brentwood

MANCALA GAME. Ancient West African board game, ages 7-12 make their own Mancala board game and learn to play, 2-3 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., registration begins Feb. 4; free; brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.

Garden City

LECTURE. "Bound as Fast in Wedlock as a Slave Can Be, African-American Marriage, Slavery and Freedom." Guest speaker Tera W. Hunter, PhD, professor of history and African-American studies at Princeton University, speaks as part of the John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture, 7 p.m., in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave.; free; adelphi.edu, 516-877-4978.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Brentwood

AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS: I HAVE A DREAM COLLAGE, AFRICAN-AMERICAN STORIES IN ART. Ages 8-14 learn through the artwork of famous African-Americans how dreams can come true, create your own collage using quotes and pictures of African-Americans, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free; brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.

Huntington Station

FOREVER FREE: LINCOLN, THE CIVIL WAR AND THE AMERICAN MARCH TO EMANCIPATION. Prof. James L. Coll, of Nassau Community College, reflects on the enduring legacy of the deadly conflict regarding the legal and political struggle toward the abolition of slavery, 7 p.m., South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd.; free; shpl.info, 631-549-4411.

Rockville Centre

STORY AND CRAFT. Children in grades 6 and below join librarian Ivy Reckson for a story and craft to celebrate Black History Month, 6-7:30 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd.; free; nassaulibrary.org/lakeview, 516-536-3071.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Brentwood

AFRICAN MASKS. Make your own African mask while learning the meaning behind them, 7-8 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave.; free; register, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY: KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE. Remembrance ceremony and play (abridged version) of "In Black & White," written and directed by D.W. Leonard showing the backdrop of racial tension in America, panel discussion on the current state of race relations to follow, 11 a.m.; full-length version of the play only, 6 p.m., Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road; free; sunysuffolk.edu, 631-851-6341.

Huntington

MUSICAL DRAMA. "Beat Street" (1984), PG, 1:45, starring Rae Dawn Chong, follows the lives of a pair of brothers and their group of friends, all of whom are devoted to various elements of early hip-hop culture; DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Melle Mel are on hand at reception, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave.; $15; cinemaartscentre.org, 631-423-7610.

Friday, Feb. 22

Brentwood

FILM AND DISCUSSION. Film on "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome," understanding how the past has influenced the present, discussion follows, 6 p.m. Feb. 22 and 11 a.m. Feb. 25, Captree Commons, room 113, Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road; free; sunysuffolk.edu, 631-851-6341.

Riverhead

DIVERSITY LECTURE. With Georgette Grier-Key, EdD, and Emily Button Kambic, PhD, on the Eastville community, a freed-black working community, patterns and themes, 5-8 p.m., Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St.; $5, $3 seniors; suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org, 631-727-2881.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Brentwood

VY HIGGINSEN'S GOSPEL FOR TEENS. Celebrate Black History Month, 8-11 p.m., Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road; $20, $18 students and seniors; sunysuffolk.edu, 631-851-6260.

Elmont

AFRICA: A CULTURAL CELEBRATION. Interactive sharing of African culture through dance and folklore, 2 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke.; free; elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280.

Hempstead

STORYTELLING. An afternoon of storytelling with Julie Pascual, 2-4 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., all ages welcome, register; free; hempsteadlibrary.info, 516-481-6990.

Port Jefferson

FILM SERIES. "Do the Right Thing" (1989), R, 2:00, drama by Spike Lee set in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a film deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress, 2 p.m. Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St.; free; portjefflibrary.org, 631-473-0022.

Rockville Centre

MOVIE AND SNACKS. Children's movie on the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., for ages 5-12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd.; free; nassaulibrary.org/lakeview, 516-536-3071.

West Babylon

'THE BESSIE COLEMAN STORY.' Terri Kirkland Banks portrays the first licensed black female aviator, Bessie Coleman, 2-3 p.m., West Babylon Library, 211 Rte. 109; free; register, wbpl.us, 631-669-5445.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Uniondale

CONCERT. With Brandee Younger and her jazz ensemble, 3 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave.; free; uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220, ext. 204.

Monday, Feb. 25

Plainview

FREDERICK DOUGLASS: WHEN THE LION WROTE HISTORY. Retired professor William Thierfelder discusses the life of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became an outspoken leader of the abolitionist movement and an influential journalist and author, 2 p.m., Plainview-Old Bethpage Library, 999 Old Country Rd.; free; poblib.org, 516-938-0077.

Rockville Centre

AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE DATABASE. Learn how to use the online database of African-American history and culture, 6-7 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd., sign up by Feb. 21; free; nassaulibrary.org / lakeview, 516-536-3071.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Amityville

ART WORKSHOP. Learn about the different forms of African-American art, create your own piece of art, quilts, portraits, silhouettes, pottery and weaving are some styles that are discussed, 7-8:30 p.m., Amityville Library, Oak and John streets; $5; amityvillepubliclibrary.org, 631-264-0567.

Garden City

AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN. Local residents participate in the African-American Read-In, sponsored by the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies, 4-7 p.m., the University Center Fireplace Lounge, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave.; free; reserve via email: fburrell@adelphi.edu, adelphi.edu, 516-877-4978.

Huntington

DOCUMENTARY FILM. "Long Distance Revolutionary, A Journey With Mumia Abu-Jamal" (2012), 2:00, follows the life and revolutionary times of death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, reception and guest speaker, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave.; $15; cinemaartscentre.org, 631-423-7610.

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